Chris De Santis presented "Building Competitive Teams: Embracing Generational Diversity," a three-hour CLE seminar, on Thursday, May 1, 2014.  A recorded webcast of the presentation is available now for LCLD Members.

With more Americans than ever postponing retirement, has age become a diversity issue in the workplace? For many organizations, it has. Yet Chris De Santis believes that the most successful firms and corporations turn generational diversity into an asset, valuing both youth and experience in their pursuit of excellence.

A renowned specialist in management and organizational behavior, De Santis shared his insights with LCLD Members at the LCLD 2014 Mid-Year CLE Seminar and Webinar, entitled "Building Competitive Teams: Embracing Generational Diversity." An authoritative and entertaining presenter, De Santis explained how economic and historical events have shaped the perceptions, beliefs, and values of the various generations in American life.

LCLD Member seminar panelists included Paul Jones, General Counsel and Secretary, Harley-Davidson; Genhi Givings Bailey, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, DLA Piper; and Gabe Martinez, Corporate Counsel, The Clorox Company.

Originally held in San Francisco on Thursday, May 1, the recorded webcast is now available for registered LCLD Members by clicking here. It will be available from now till April 30, 2015. If you have questions or would like to schedule a group viewing, please email Lori Lorenzo, LCLD Program Director.

LCLD partnered with the Practising Law Institute to apply for CLE credit for this seminar.*  There is no fee for Member organizations to participate, so we encourage you to share the webcast with your lawyers, recruiting/HR staff, and summer associates.  

Viewing Suggestions

We encourage you to share this programming within your organization to help educate others on how to build teams that incorporate generational diversity. Some suggestions for programming around this CLE include:

• Having your Diversity Committee set goals based on the research presented in the program and conduct follow-up programming to discuss what was learned.

• Having your Summer Associates view the program as a group and setting up a panel of lawyers within your organization to discuss the program.

• Sponsoring a Practice Group Leaders Forum where the program is viewed and followed by a discussion of how teams are built in your organization.

• Adding the program to your organization's CLE library or to any special professional development programming at your organization. 


*CLE Credit: PLI programs offer CLE credit in all U.S. jurisdictions that have mandatory CLE requirements. Please check for credit details and eligibility for your particular jurisdiction(s). New York: In accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board, this transitional continuing legal education course has been approved for a maximum of 3 credit hours, of which 3 credit hours can be applied toward the ethics requirement. California: This activity is approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 2.5 hours, of which 2.5 hours will apply to elimination of bias.